Auto Accidents

2019 Saw 2% Decrease in Fatal Auto Accidents

2019 Saw 2% Decrease in Fatal Auto AccidentsWhile the novel coronavirus and its impact on travel will likely be one of the biggest stories to come out of 2020, 2019 had a decrease of its own in traffic deaths on the nation’s roadways. According to a report released by the World Health Organization, 38,800 people died in car crashes on US roads last year. The number represents a 2% drop from the ...

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Deadly Trends Emerge on Roadways Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

accidents are deadlier during covid-19 pandemicA recent post discussed the financial windfall currently being seen by America’s car insurance companies and the measures that some are taking – including unsolicited refunds – to account for the drastic decline in drivers on the nation’s roadways. With mileage drops of up to 50% in some states, it’s apparent that many Americans are doing their part to try to help flatten the curve.

Conversely, a strange paradigm appears to be ...

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Strange Times Indeed: Car Insurance Companies Refunding Payments

car insurers issue refunds as travel drops amid coronavirusAt this point, there can’t be too many people who don’t know what flattening the curve means. We’ve all been given tools and knowledge to try do our part to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities and families. Instructions to stay home, avoid groups, maintain proper social distancing, and the closure of non-essential businesses across the country have led to a new sense of “normal” ...

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Winter Driving Brings its Own Challenges

winter driving can be dangerous and deadlyThe holidays have come and gone and a certain widely watched football championship game has been played. Winter’s cornerstones happen early in the season and it’s easy to forget that there are still almost two full months left of cold temperatures and challenging road conditions to contend with. Combine that with “I can’t believe it’s dark already” sunset times and the dangers of exposure to subfreezing temperatures and a roadside ...

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NHTSA Investigating Nissan Over Random Autobraking Incidents

Nissan facing questions over autobrake malfunctions in Rogue crossover SUVsFor those that have autobraking vehicles, the first time the system engages can come as quite a shock. Designed to reduce the likelihood of rear-end collisions, autobraking systems use sensors to determine whether the vehicle is closing on the vehicle in front of it too quickly and to apply the brakes if the driver has failed to do so.

The technology is slated to be a standard feature ...

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Smarter Vehicles De-emphasizing Driving Skills, Increasing Risky Behaviors

smarter vehicles may be making drivers worseAdaptive cruise control. Lane assist. And, in some cases, complete autopilot. As our nation’s roadways become increasingly crowded, the vehicles on them are getting increasingly smarter. Skills and habits that were once fundamental to the safe operation of a vehicle – things like checking blind spots before changing lanes and maintaining safe following distances – are becoming more and more rare as our vehicles take on these responsibilities themselves.

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